It’s been a month since I last mentioned my reading slump… and yeah it’s still here. It seems to only be getting worse, which is making me wonder- at what point is it no longer a slump and instead just your life? I don’t know. These are questions I don’t want answered. Let me live in denial and think that this will one day end.
Despite my awful slump, I have been reading! I’ve currently been working on my ARC of The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m halfway through (about 320 pages in) so I thought I would spend some time today discussing my thoughts so far!
My only complaint with this book is that wow, it is long. This isn’t really a complaint on it’s own- long books give me life- but there are definitely some moments that feel a little unnecessary and slow down the pacing a bit.
I love these characters so much. This book has only cemented how great they are. I especially love Evie’s inner turmoil after the major revelation of the first book.
This world is expanding even more, ever so slightly, and I love where it’s going. I wouldn’t have predicted it after reading The Darkest Star, but it makes a lot of sense.
So. Many. Cameos. There are plenty of familiar faces in this book, and the best part is that none of them feel unnecessary. While yeah, I get excited when I see them, it’s definitely not fan service and they actually have a purpose for being there on the page.
The political themes are even stronger in this book. Some people may not like the more obvious themes and messages, but I still enjoy reading it. The message is too important to leave vague.
Since this is a sequel, and pretty far from release day as well, I’ll be very careful with what I’m saying here. I don’t want any spoilers for anyone. That said, here’s what I predict:
- I genuinely don’t know how many books there are in this series (I doubt it will be over after this one, and I’m too lazy to google and fact check that), so I’m going to guess we’ll be getting a 5 book series like Lux, and will probably be similar in plot structure.
- The political themes will only grow, and get even more extreme (which will be interesting)
- There will be some turmoil in the romance plotline
Is The Burning Shadow on your TBR? What are you currently reading?